Archived news highlights
December 2013What the Alzheimer’s Association is doing about Keeping Georgians with Alzheimer’s Safe:
Tragically, over the Thanksgiving holiday, two individuals with Alzheimer’s disease in Georgia left home – one on foot, one driving. They became lost and died. These incidences reflect the challenges of keeping people with Alzheimer’s safe. They also reflect the need to heighten awareness of the problem of wandering, how to prevent wandering and what to do if a person with Alzheimer’s wanders and becomes lost. The Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter is dedicated to doing all we can to help keep Georgians with Alzheimer’s safe.
A special thanks to 11Alive News for inviting some of our staff to speak about Alzheimer's and dementia at their station Wednesday, Dec. 4th. Check out Safety Services Manager, Kim Franklin's interview here.
Coffee and Conversation with Congress
The Congressman shared his insights into what is happening at the Federal level to help those living with Alzheimer’s. Then, he listened to the stories you shared of your journey with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. Cognitive Decline in Georgia
Data from the 2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
- MUST Listen: President and CEO, Leslie Anderson, gives a personal voice to myths, prevention and more on the Atlanta Buiness Radio show, Eugeria! Eugeria! is a weekly radio show celebrating those who have given their careers to serving seniors and disabled individuals to make their lives comfortable, meaningful and fulfilled.
- The Alzheimer's Association joins the Shriver family and the nation in mourning the passing of Sargent Shriver. Few people have had the impact on our nation that Mr. Shriver did. See an old picture of Sarge from the cover of Life Magazine in the 1960s, and read more about his legacy as a civil servant.
- The National Alzheimer's Project Act is signed into law; NAPA is the greatest legislative victory for Alzheimer's disease in over a decade.
- Local Fox 5 Atlanta feature highlights the difficulties of caregiving during the holidays as well as the increased chance of wandering.
- U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives pass the National Alzheimer's Project Act unanimously.
- The Georgia Chapter launches an advertising campaign in honor of National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month.
- We conclude our final Memory Walk season and announce the rollout of a new brand next year, "A Walk to End Alzheimer's." Statewide, we raised more than $1.5 million in 19 walks. We had more than 8,000 participants and 1,000 teams.
- "Nearly 100 Medicines in Development for Alzheimer's" featured in the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).
- My Fox Atlanta features a caregiver profile. Health Watch: Caregiver Dilemma
- First lady of California, Maria Shriver, releases The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Takes on Alzheimer's on October 14th. In partnership with the Alzheimer's Association, Shriver brought significant coverage to the struggles of caregiving and the costs of Alzheimer's disease.
- World Alzheimer's Day earns significant media coverage on September 21st, and the 2010 World Alzheimer Report is released.
- The Breakthrough Ride collects more than 100,000 signatures in support of the National Alzheimer's Project Act!
- Burglary recovery bake sale raises more than $10,000 for the Atlanta regional office.
- Summer eNewsletter released
- CBS News TV segment on recent burglaries of the Georgia Chapter's headquarters in Atlanta
- Arts 4 Alzheimer's profiled in International CNN article! With crayons, brushes, an escape from Alzheimer's
- Generic Medication: Is it the same as name brand? Click here to see the news segment that profiles consumer protection legislation.
- Advocacy success! The Governor has SIGNED into law House Bill 1040 and Senate Bill 367 - two year-long public policy platforms. Thank you for the hard work done by our Public Policy team, volunteers and advocates!
- Ever wonder about the difference between generic and name-brand prescriptions? It may make a significant impact to your loved one.
- Dancing Stars of Atlanta and Dancing Stars of Columbus together raise more than $300,000! Spring events around the state were a big success. Check out the Alzheimer's Association, GA Chapter Youtube channel to see some of the fun videos from the events!
- VIDEO: Local feature about a missing person who our Safe Return Manager, Kim Franklin, and the ALPHA team helped to return to safety. "Special Search Dog Works His Magic, Finds Missing Woman" from 11 Alive News.
- Spring eNewsletter released.
- Georgia Advocacy Update: Advocates from all across Georgia are visiting their Congressmen and Senators while Congress
is in recess this week, asking that they also co-sponsor S. 3036/H.R. 4689. Read more here: http://bit.ly/awRwqG
- New Alzheimer's Facts and Figures 2010 released.
- "In America's next decade, change and challenges" list includes 'Alzheimer's as public health enemy No. 1.' http://bit.ly/bRkyjU (from USA Today)
- Georgia ADVOCACY SUCCESS! On 3/10, Senator Saxby Chambliss signed on as a co-sponsor to Senate Bill 3036—the National Alzheimer’s Project Act. It is one of the top priority items our advocacy team presented to our elected officials in Washington this past week at the Alzheimer's Association Action Summit!
- Light your candle in the Virtual Candlelight Rally.
- Highlighting leaders in innovation, research and science in honor of Black History Month. Solomon Carter Fuller, M.D., among first known black psychiatrists. A pioneer among Alzheimer's Champions. http://bit.ly/artlU7
- Breaking News: Social Security approved Early-Onset Alzheimer’s as Compassionate allowances! http://bit.ly/df2YcE
- Winter eNewsletter released.
- New article quoting our Director of Programs, Ginny Helms. "Just getting by: Alzheimer’s patients susceptible to cold" http://bit.ly/4TsWIr
- Annual statewide staff retreat. We come together to learn the best practices to serve those around the state.
- Wondering about wandering? Feature in Atlanta Journal Constitution profiles current police outreach strategies for Mattie's call. Click here to see the story.
- November is National Alzheimer's Awareness month. Click here to see the story featured in The Daily Citizen.
- Q Parker, of the platinum-selling group 112, joins the Georgia Chapter as a Champion for the cause. Click here to see his appearance on Fox 5's Good Day Atlanta.
- CBS Atlanta promotes the "One Memory Away" benefit party featuring Q Parker of 112. Click here to see the story.
- The Dancing Stars of Columbus gala was such a success that it sold out three times! Click here to see the coverage on WTVM & WXTX newscasts.
Click here to see the coverage from WRBL news.
- WJCL-TV spotlights how the Alzheimer's Association is making a difference in Coastal Georgia. Click here to see the story.
- The Atlanta Business Chronicle published an article about Alzheimer's disease why baby boomers should take notice. Click here to read the article.
- The 12th Annual Forget-Me-Not golf tournament in Albany broke its own records. Click here to see the news coverage.
- The Atlanta Memory Walk is moving! Click here for more information on the awesome new location!
- President Obama announced expansion of stem cell research and one Savannah family affected by Alzheimer's disease speaks about it. Click here to see the family's reaction to today's headlines.
- The Georgia Chapter held the Call to Remember radiothon in Albany, Columbus, Dalton and Statesboro. Click here to read about the event. Click here for photos.
- The recent death of a missing Savannah man with Alzheimer's illustrates the need for the MedicAlert + Safe Return program along with Mattie's Call. Click here to learn more about the program.
- The Mattie's Call program is getting attention around the state. Click here to read the latest article in the Augusta Chronicle.
- The Georgia Chapter's Winter quarterly newsletter is being delivered via E-subscription. Please click here the read the newsletter.
- As states around the United States consider the Silver Alert program, many are looking to Georgia's Mattie's Call system as an example. Georgia paved the way with Mattie's Call legislation in 2006. Fox News network featured a Georgia family in a nationwide story on Silver Alert. Click here to see the story.
- A Mattie's Call issued in Metro Atlanta brings awareness to the issue of driving; when do families of persons with Alzheimer's and related dementias take the car keys away? Fox 5 Atlanta's Beth Galvin tackles this issue. Click here to see the story.
- The new Alzheimer's postage stamp was unveiled in Columbus during National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. Click here to read the story. Click here for video.
- Iola Snow, Board member and memory Walk chairperson, makes headlines in Fayette County. Click here to read why. Click here to read more.
- As part of National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, the new Alzheimer's stamp was dedicated at the U.S. Post Office in Augusta. Click here to see the stamp dedication.
- November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. Atlanta's WGST 640 AM Radio featured the month on it's Wellness Wednesdsay segment. Click here to hear the interview.
- Governor Sonny Perdue spoke at the Central Georgia Memory Walk in Perry on November 1. Governor Perdue is personally touched by Alzheimer's disease. Click here to see more.
- The Augusta region held its Memory Walk Saturday, November 1. Click here to see the photo from the Augusta Chronicle.
- Memory Walk is making headlines in Valdosta. Click here to read about this exciting event.
- One of our wonderful volunteers made a public service announcement for the Savannah Memory Walk. Click here to view the PSA.
- The Georgia Chapter is on TV! If you haven't yet seen the ads on your cable system, click here to see the 30-second spots. These ads are playing on A&E, Fox News Channel, CNN and HGTV through October 12.
- October is Alzheimer's Awareness Month in Cobb County, Georgia. Click here to read more.
- The Fall 2008 newsletter will soon be in mailboxes. Click here to read it first.
- The inaugural Tri2Remember Sprint Triathlon, held September 20 in Gainesville's Laurel Park, was a huge success! Click here for race results. Click here to view and order photos.
- It's only a few weeks from the Tri2Remember Sprint Triathlon and Laura Huckabee is almost ready for her first triathlon. Click here to see the important final phase of her training.
- Atlanta Meteorologist Laura Huckabee learns how important nutrition is for triathlon training. Click here to see the story.
- Bruce Flechter, Treasurer of the Georgia Chapter's Board of Governors, is fighting Alzheimer's with dragons. For his efforts he was named an NBC Augusta Gold Medalist. Click here to read more.
- Laura Huckabee is training hard for the Tri2Remember Sprint Triathlon. In this week's story she tackles open water swimming and finds it's not as easy as it looks. Click here to see the story.
- Laura Huckabee talks to KICKS 101.5's Cadillac Jack and Dallas about her Tri2Remember Sprint Triathlon training. Click here to listen to the interview.
- CBS46's Meteorologist Laura Huckabee takes a break from Tri2Remember training and talks to the family behind the triathlon. Click here to see Bill Dotson's personal story of living with Alzheimer's disease.
- The Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter spent the first Friday in August raising awareness for Memory Walk. FREEZE for Alzheimer's was held in conjunction with the national Memory Walk television ad campaign. Georgia Chapter staff and volunteers occupied a street corner in Midtown Atlanta, giving out information and candy bars. Local celebrity, Baton Bob, blew his whistle and time froze on the busy street corner. Click here to see the video.
- During the last week of July the BBC America network aired a four-part series on Alzheimer's. Kris Bakowski of Athens, Georgia was featured in the series. Kris is 52 years old and has been living with Alzheimer's disease six years. Click here to see Kris tell her moving story.
- Atlanta Meteorologist Laura Huckabee continues training hard for the Tri2Remember Sprint Triathlon benefitting the Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter. This week Laura tackles the bicycle. Click here to see the story and tune in every Tuesday on CBS46's Better Mornings and CBS46 News at 4pm
- 'Elvis' is ready to take the spotlight at Memory Walk in Thomasville. Click here to read about it.
- Atlanta Meteorologist Laura Huckabee is ready to train for the Tri2Remember Sprint Triathlon. The experts at The Sport Factory in Alpharetta help Laura test her fitness level. Click here to see the story and tune in to CBS46 News every Tuesday to follow Laura's progress.
- For one Moultrie woman Memory Walk is not just for fun. Click here to read why this volunteer gives Memory Walk her all.
- Atlanta's CBS46 News is following the progress of meteorologist Laura Huckabee as she trains for the inaugural Tri2Remember triathlon, benefitting the Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter. Click here to see the first story and watch CBS46's Better Mornings every Tuesday from 5-7am and again on CBS46 News at 4pm.
- Click here to read the Summer 2008 newsletter.
- Atlanta meteorologist and marathoner is in training for the inaugural Tri2Remember Sprint Triathlon benefitting the Alzheimer's Association. Click here to read more.
- Alzheimer's disease is often difficult to diagnose but advances in research allow doctors to make a dementia diagnosis earlier and more accurately. A neuropsychologist is an important part of the process. Click here to read how a team approach to diagnosis and treatment can help.
- The Columbus Lovin' Laughter fundraiser, featuring Anita Renfroe, is featured in Columbus and the Valley magazine. Click here to see the article.
- People living with early onset Alzheimer's disease are pressing for more research and resources. CNN looks at the issue and talks to Kris Bakowski of Athens. Click here to see the story.
- Atlanta has the worst Social Security backlog in the United States. The backlog is affecting people with many illnesses, including one Atlanta man living with early onset Alzheimer's disease. Click here to see the story.
- The Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter is chosen as a Healthy Brain Initiative pilot site. The HBI is a multi-faceted effort to help the African-American community decrease the risk for Alzheimer's and other dementias. Click here to learn more.
- Atlanta's CBS46 News features Atlanta family coping with early onset Alzheimer's. Click here to see the story.
- Click here to read the Spring newsletter.
- The Albany Herald features Alzheimer's disease. Click here to read the March 24th article.
- The Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter responds to the 2008 Facts & Figures. Click here to hear the intrview on "Newsmakers Friday with Tim Bryant." The interview with Suzette Binford, director of Family Support Services, aired Mach 2, 2008 on WGAU Radio 1340AM in Athens.
- The National 2008 Facts & Figures of Alzheimer's are released. Click here to read the latest information on Alzheimer's disease.
- A metro Atlanta man living with Alzheimer's disease is honored as a "true American hero" by the United States Postal Service. Click here to read about Mr. Vernon Sport.
- President Bush's 2009 budget proposal has been submitted for approval. The Alzheimer's Association has responded. Click here for coverage of the issue.
- Alzheimer's helper dog needs a good home. Click here to see the report.
- Jazz singer Anna Wilson performed on Fox 5's Good Day Atlanta show to promote the better start livin' benefit concert. Click here to see the performance.
- The holiday season can be especially stressful for caregivers and families affected by Alzheimer's. Click here for information on how you can alleviate holiday stress.
- November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. Click here to find out more about this special month.
- Alzheimer's Association Safe Return® has partnered with MedicAlert® to form the MedicAlert® + Safe Return® Program. This 24-hour service helps return loved ones safely to their families when they wander. Click here for more information.
- better start livin' benefit makes Country Music Association' website
- Thomasville Memory Walk poised to reach $25,000 goal
- West Georgia Memory Walk raises more than $35,000 for Alzheimer's
- First-time Memory Walk in Moultrie is a huge success
- Click here to read the Fall newsletter
- Ginny Helms of the Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter, and Dr. Monica Willis-Parker of Emory University are on Elder Talk Radio, on 1160 AM. Click here to listen.
- "Dear Abby" encourages readers to become Champions for Alzheimer's. Click here to read more.
- September 21 is World Alzheimer's Day. Click here to learn more and see how you can participate
- Valdosta Elks Lodge makes donation to the Alzheimer's Association
- Click here to read the Summer newsletter
- Memory Walk in Peachtree City is featured on the front page of The Peachtree Citizen
- Atlantan Mary Daley tells ABC News about her life as her husband's caregiver
- Tony Award Winner David Hyde Pierce tells his personal Alzheimer's story to ABC News
- Atlanta caregiver is part of Newsweek special article on baby boomers and Alzheimer's
- See the video from Macon's Ride to Remember fundraiser
- See the pictures from Ride to Remember in Atlanta, Augusta & Dalton
- The Need for Alzheimer's Legislation in Georgia
- See the photos from the better start livin' benefit concert with Nashville songwriter Monty Powell
- Popular Country Music Songwriter Performs to benefit the Alzheimer's Association
- Listen to Monty Powell's interview with Rick Zeisig on Mix 104.5 Radio
- 13-year-old's Eagle Scout Project to benefit Alzheimer's
- Click here to read the Spring newsletter